Archive for May, 2009

Web resources:

U.S. Climate Change Science Program Library
The lead scientific body of the federal government charged with climate change research has a broad array of resources available on the likely impacts of climate change both for natural systems and human communities.

Forests for the Future: Indigenous Forest Management in a Changing World
Forests for the Future is published by Indonesia’s Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance, AMAN, and Down to Earth. It marks AMAN’s tenth anniversary and aims to assist efforts to develop community-based models which present a more achievable, viable and just way of addressing the challenges of sustainability, poverty reduction and upholding the rights of indigenous peoples.

The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute
The Institute offers training and workshops on greenhouse gas accounting, auditing and management for a range of individual and professional purposes. Interactive and online learning options are available.


Obama’s Budget Holds Firm on Cap-And-Trade Auction (5/11/2009)

 Career conservationist picked to oversee Forest Service (5/6/2009)

 House Democrats ‘moving ahead’ on climate bill, majority leader says (4/27/2009)

Gore and Gingrich bump heads at House climate hearing (4/24/2009)

Boxer Will Create Climate Working Groups (4/22/2009)

Vilsack Appoints Environment Adviser (4/20/2009)

EPA Says Emissions Are Threat to Public (4/18/2009)

Dying trees may exacerbate climate change (4/16/2009)


Potential Impacts of Climate Change in the United States
This report from the Congressional Budget Office summarizes the current state of scientific understanding of the potential effects of projected changes in climate and related developments including changes in the physical environment and associated economic and impacts. The discussion focuses mainly on projections of impacts in the United States but also refers to impacts elsewhere that could be particularly severe and could indirectly affect the United States. The paper draws from various primary and secondary sources, particularly the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a major national assessment recently released by the National Science and Technology Council in the Executive Office of the President, and a number of surveys published by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, which integrates executive-branch research on climate and global change.

Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change
This book is the first product of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests’ Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) initiative. GFEP is a new mechanism for providing objective and independent scientific assessments of key forest-related issues to support international processes and decision-making at the global level. It is led and coordinated by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).

Forest Carbon Offsetting Trends Survey 2009
Find out what 120 global, multinational and regional organizations attitudes are to forest carbon projects in general. In addition the report also examines the motivating factors behind corporate decisions to purchase forest carbon offsets and the perceptions which organizations have regarding the additional community and biodiversity benefits that many forestry projects often provide.


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